In our seven years of homeschooling, there have been many times that we went down rabbit trails to explore special interests. Sometimes it was as easy as a trip to the library. Other times it really took some digging and research. Having done it a few times, here are a few ideas to help you explore special interests in your own homeschool
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How to Explore Special Interests in Your Homeschool
Take my son Max for example. He loves all things science. He takes things apart all. the. time. He builds with spare parts. He creates using his mind and hands. So, a robotics class would be an obvious choice for him. Or woodworking. Or anything else along those lines.
Sometimes our children’s special interests aren’t so blatantly obvious. In those situations, start by getting a better understanding of what your child is interested in. You can do this by having a conversation about what makes your child passionate. Consider what she spends her free time doing. Think about what learning units your child has been most interested and attentive in. Are there any classes or clubs your child has been asking to join?
Use that knowledge as a starting point to find ways to turn interests into learning opportunities and experiences.
For some ideas, here are resources you can explore:
- Peruse the internet for interactive websites, games, and resources.
- Take virtual field trips.
- Search your area for related attractions and activities, like zoos, museums, expert talks at the library, Lego clubs, science fairs, and workshops for kids.
- Depending upon your child’s interest, you might be able to find an expert in your area who could talk to her about the topic or even allow her to volunteer in the field.
- Do you have friends who are experts in some field who can help?
- You could try getting involved with the local Humane Society, the library, a nature center, or a music center.
- Watching movies and/or documentaries on your child’s interests as a family is always a fun way to learn.
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As you can see, there are a plethora of ways to explore special interests in your homeschool! What have you done to break free of the books and get hands-on?
This post was written as a contribution to the Virtual Homeschool Fair Week 4.
Several other bloggers are participating in the Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Looking for more ways to enrich your homeschool? Visit my fellow homeschool bloggers!
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